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10 Jan 2018 description

By Francis Markus, IFRC

Before the latest influx of hundreds of thousands of people from Myanmar’s Rakhine state began in August last year, Laila Begum says the area close to her house was nothing but forest, with elephants roaming through the vegetation.

“Now it’s much better, we have a hospital and a learning center for the children,” says the 30-year-old Bangladeshi woman, whose home is close to a camp for new arrivals from Myanmar about 90 minutes’ drive from the town of Cox’s Bazar.

08 Jan 2018 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 1,149,014 Swiss francs (reduced from 1,674,188 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to deliver assistance and support to 50,000 people (reduced from 80,000 people) affected by both Tropical Cyclone Mora and landslides for twelve months with a focus on the following sectors: health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH); shelter, food security and livelihoods; disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.

04 Jan 2018 description

Francis Markus, IFRC

Rashida hasn’t heard any news of her husband since the family’s house was set ablaze, he was taken away and she and her children fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to safety in Bangladesh. She says she is sure he must be dead, otherwise he too would have joined them.

“I had to tell the children the truth because otherwise they just kept asking and asking about their father,” she says.

Pain and uncertainty

Living with such pain and uncertainty takes a huge toll on her emotional state.

04 Jan 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the crisis

Tropical cyclone Mora made landfall on the coast of Bangladesh between Cox's Bazaar and the city of Chittagong on 30 May 2017. Myanmar’s Rakhine state was severely hit, particularly in the northern areas of the state, and the states/regions of Chin, Ayeyarwady, Magway and Sagaing. MRCS conducted a rapid assessment in the affected townships to assess the needs of the affected population.

22 Dec 2017 description
report British Red Cross

In 2017 the world faced a series of devastating humanitarian emergencies, not least here in the UK - making it one of the most demanding years for the British Red Cross since WWII. Here’s a look back at 2017 in numbers

  • 9m – people in the UK reported as always or often lonely

  • 200 – tonnes of donated clothes, blankets, toiletries and essential items by members of the public following the Grenfell Tower Fire

  • 24.1m – people facing food shortages in East Africa (across Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan)

21 Dec 2017 description

By Francis Markus, IFRC

The radiologist opens the bamboo gate to the X-ray tent and four year old Nur Kolima heads gingerly in to lie down on the bed for his image to be taken. His mother, Fatima, is taking no chances with his cough symptoms.

“I had three children, but my little boy, aged 10 months died of fever,” she says with a blank expression.

21 Dec 2017 description
report Thai Red Cross

The Thai Red Cross Society has donated USD 100,000 to support the relief operation being carried out by the Myanmar Red Cross for victims affected by the internal armed conflict in Rakhine State, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Due to the internal armed conflict since August, there have been a substantial number of casualties and affected people. The Thai Red Cross Society has therefore donated USD 100,000 to the Myanmar Red Cross to support the relief operation for the victims. The donation money was transferred on 8 December 2017

20 Dec 2017 description

By Rosemarie North, IFRC

Nights are the worst. You lie awake thinking about the life you had in Rakhine state in Myanmar, and the violence and fear that sent you running. Living under plastic and bamboo in Bangladesh, you worry about food, water, shelter, rain, dry, hot, cold, wind, the future. When you finally get to sleep, the nightmares come.

Men face particular stress, says Hamid Hussein, the top community leader or head mazhi, in Hakimpara camp in Cox’s Bazar, just across the border from Myanmar.

18 Dec 2017 description

Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) embarked on a nance development journey in 2004, using a set of baselines focused on “measuring the impact of organizational development and change processes on the lives of vulnerable people”. The activities defined under the development plan were put on hold during the Cyclone Nargis operation between 2008 and 2011, where capacity enhancement was focused on needs of the emergency operation.

18 Dec 2017 description

30, 000 patients in 3 months in Cox's Bazar. That is exactly what the ICRC – BDRCS Mobile Medical Team (MMT) have done in the last 90 days. Every day 4 doctors, 4 paramedics and BDRCS volunteers head out to camps and settlements. The MMT visits Boroshonkola, Kunapara (Bandarban), Jodimura, Britishpara and Domdomia (Teknaf). The team sees on average about 400 patients daily, treating symptoms, providing basic medication and referring the more serious cases to nearby state Governmental health facilities, the MSF Hospital or the ERU Field Hospital.

14 Dec 2017 description

This factsheet provides a summary of the activities that the ICRC carries out for vulnerable migrants and their families in Asia. It explains our approach and describes what we, together with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, do to help protect and assist migrants along migration routes in Asia.

06 Dec 2017 description

New publication launched: Local Humanitarian Action in Practice – Case Studies and Reflections of Local Humanitarian Actors

04 Dec 2017 description

This map highlights the number of partner organisations (POs) present in Sites/Zone. It includes planned, ongoing and completed activities of Shelter/NFI.

04 Dec 2017 description

This map highlights the coverage of winterization items (more than 2 blankets or sleeping mats, children clothes and Saree longi) by partner organizations of Shelter/NFI. 1 means any one item distributed.

01 Dec 2017 description

It was a cold December day like any other in Kachin State's Namsang village. As evening drew closer, 41-year-old Hpau Gum Kum Sang rushed his cattle to the fields, keen to quickly head back home to his wife and five children. But that was not to be. A fateful misstep on a landmine in the fields left the young farmer disabled, adding to the mounting number of civilians who have suffered due to the chronic fighting in Kachin State.

30 Nov 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the crisis

In the beginning of October 2016, an upsurge of violence in the northern area of Myanmar’s Rakhine State led to mass displacement amongst the local population. The violence took place against a backdrop of decades of protracted tension and intercommunal violence between Rakhine and Muslim communities in Rakhine.

29 Nov 2017 description

One of the key humanitarian concerns for many migrants in the Asia Pacific region is the ability to live and work in safe and healthy conditions and to enjoy access to health services and expect health outcomes similar to those of the rest of the population.

29 Nov 2017 description

In order to work towards the aim of the Strategic Plan 2020 to integrate CEA into all work of the Myanmar Red Cross Society, in 2016 a set of Minimum Standards and a supporting toolkit were developed with support from IFRC. These standards and tools focus on how to build on four foundational pillars of CEA – transparent communication, involvement, feedback mechanisms and community-led monitoring and evaluation – into all MRCS operations.